- Ngorongoro Crater
When to Go
On an Ngorongoro Crater Safari
The Ngorongoro’s animals are contained within the crater and are resident all year-round. The best time to go to the Ngorongoro Crater is usually more a question of how many other visitors you want to see as well. And if you are also planning to view the wildebeest migration, it is doubly important to time your Ngorongoro safari accordingly as the migration takes place across two destinations – Tanzania’s Serengeti and Kenya’s Masai Mara.
Peak game viewing months in the Ngorongoro Crater are from June through September. Temperatures are mild and there is virtually no rain so much of the wildlife is concentrated near permanent water. This is when visitor numbers are at their highest; choosing an accommodation on the crater’s edge will get you onto the crater floor before most other vehicles.
The December to February antelope calving season is also a good time to travel to the Ngorongoro Crater. Predators take advantage of the seasonal bounty and your chances of seeing a kill are high.
If you want to have the crater and its wildlife mostly to yourself, then consider visiting during the March to May rainy season. There are far fewer visitors and the crater is wonderfully green and well-watered compared to the dusty dry-season landscape.